Shimla: Overturning the judicial order of a trail court, the Himachal High Court on Wednesday sentenced flour mill owner Pawan Kumar Sahni to one year of rigorous imprisonment after his involvement in siphoning of wheat meant of BPL families was established.
Passing the order, a division bench consisting of Justice Surjit Singh and Justice Rajiv Sharma held Sahni owner of Giri Raj Atta Mill at Deonghat guilty under a Prevention of Corruption case registered in May 2003.
Besides the year in jail handed out, the court also fined the mill owner Rs 20,000 under Sections 120-B, 409, 218 & 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
Trial court of Special Judge, Solan had acquitted all four accused persons, which included Sahni, in a case of siphoning off wheat that was meant for distribution to families living below poverty line.
The state appealed the acquittal in the High Court, who in May 2011 held 3 persons guilty of the crime.
While Sudershan Kumar who was storekeeper at HP State Civil Supplies Corporation store in Chambaghat and helper Ramesh Chand were handed down a year in jail, Sahni after being presented before the court was handed out his sentence today.
Acting on a tip off anti-corruption bureau, Solan had intercepted a truck carrying 130 bags of wheat in May, 2003 that was loaded from the Chambaghat store and was diverted to the flower mill.
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